Members of the Munshi-South lab at Fordham University’s Louis Calder Center are dedicated to understanding the behavioral, ecological, and evolutionary impacts of large-scale human disturbance on wild vertebrate populations. Current lab projects are primarily focused on understanding the evolutionary implications of urbanization for wildlife in the New York City metropolitan area. We study urban populations as model systems of rapid microevolution, but also aim to provide data for urban conservation and restoration efforts. To this end we collaborate with local government agencies and non-profits. See the lab Research and Publications pages for more information on current and past projects. The interviews and presentations below give a brief, non-technical introduction.
NEWS & NOTESRECENT / UPCOMING TALKS
06/01/2016: University of Chicago Comparative Behavioral Biology Workshop
06/02/2016: Lincoln Park Zoo
New paper published in Biology Letters that estimates the demographic history of urban white-footed mice using genomic data and coalescent modeling. This work was highlighted in Nature and on the LA Times Science Now section.
New paper published in Evolutionary Applications that uses ddRAD-Seq to examine genome-wide variation in white-footed mice along an urban-to-rural gradient.
New preprint posted to BioRxiv that 2) identifies outlier loci indicative of local adaptation in urban populations using selection scans and genotype-by-environment approaches.
Lab awarded a NSF MRI grant along with three colleagues to purchase a liquid-handling robot for the Louis Calder Center.
Lab awarded NSF DEB grant to study the cityscape genomics and adaptations of rats (Rattus norvegicus)! More details here and in a New York Times Magazine story.